Vietnam has made active contributions to the preparations of the 4th
Mekong-Japan Summit, particularly the formulation of Tokyo Strategy.
Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son made the comments in an interview
granted to the press in Hanoi on late April 21 upon his return from
the 4th Mekong-Japan Summit in Tokyo from April 20-21.
said at the summit, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung reaffirmed Vietnam’s support for Mekong-Japan Cooperation and its role in the prosperity,
stability and development of the Mekong region and East Asia in
PM Dung pointed out priorities needed to be focused in
the coming time, including the upgrade of trans-national transport
corridors like EWEC and SEC and the implementation of the cross-border
transport agreement (CBTA). He also proposed the creation of a
multi-form transport system to facilitate the connectivity between
economic corridors in the Sub-Mekong region.
According to Deputy
FM Son, PM Dung underlined that cooperation in the management and use of
Mekong River water resources should be focusing on assisting
countries lying along the river in dealing with floods, natural
disasters and seawater intrusion, ensuring food security and seeking
long-term solutions to the sustainable use of Mekong River water
He referred to giving priority to
conduct a research on environmental impacts of the exploitation and use
of Mekong River water resources, including impacts of
hydroelectric power facilities on the river, in a scientific,
comprehensive and systematic manner, which received high approval at the
Regarding economic and trade cooperation, PM Dung
emphasised the role of the private sector in implementing Mekong-Japan
cooperation programmes and called for attentions to further develop the
supporting industry in the region.
On the outcomes of the 4th
Mekong-Japan Summit, Deputy FM Son mentioned the adoption of the Tokyo
Strategy, with which the leaders defined three new cooperation pillars.
include the enhancement of connectivity within the Mekong region and
with the outsiders, the promotion of trade and investment between Mekong
countries and Japan to raise their position in the global value
chain, and cooperation on environmental issues and public security.
the conference, Japan pledged an ODA provision of 600 billion JPY to
the Mekong countries for the period 2013-2015 while Thailand pledged
883 million JPY.
On the East Sea issue, the Mekong countries
and Japan agreed that all concerned parties should settle the East
Sea dispute by peaceful means in the spirit of mutual understanding
and mutual respect.
These parties must fully obey international
laws, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the
Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea, and speed up the
building of a Code of Conduct for the East Sea (COC), they said./.